The village laid still and quiet today, the day after a night of revelry for Dia de Los Reyes, or Three Kings Day in Spain. It was in stark contrast to the party of the night before – the village crowd had filled the streets to eagerly await the arrival of the Three Kings, while the children, their presents! Though a bit too drained to join the celebration, KJ (my stepdaughter here for an extended school exchange) and I, en route home from a pizza dinner, managed to catch a glimpse of it all before maneuvering our way around each festivity roadblock and weaving the lighted hills in a detour back home.
The leftover pizza, however, came in handy as a nice lunchtime treat, since most stores and shops remained closed while the village slept the day away. Probably all for the best, as the afternoon brought a dismal grey sky. Dark clouds loomed low, and even though the winds had calmed since yesterday, frigid icy air slipped in through any opened window. With a few sweet potatoes in the vegetable basket and coconut milk in the pantry, a light and creamy soup soon evolved.
Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes, cubed
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 1 piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons Curry Madras
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 pint (1/8 cup) water
- 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
- a few pinches of fresh ground sea salt and black pepper
Using a large pot, heat grape seed oil over medium high temperature. Sauté diced onions and ginger until onions soften and the ginger becomes fragrant (~5 minutes). Next, add sweet potatoes, cook for ~10 minutes until potatoes are just tender. Pour in coconut milk, lemon juice, and stir in curry, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium/medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for ~15-20 minutes; the potatoes should be fully softened once the soup is done. Finally, cream the mixture with an immersion blender to obtain a smooth, whipped texture. Serve steaming hot with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.